Kinesis Tripster AT

Market leading versatility and adventure capability

One of the most versatile and capable bikes you can buy – as demonstrated by the feats of bike-packing global adventurers, daily commuters and weekend back-yard explorers alike.  The aluminium Tripster AT (‘All Terrain’) takes all of Kinesis UK’s years of experience gained with the legendary titanium Tripster ATR, together with their heritage of championship winning cyclocross bikes, to create a category-defining bike capable of taking on a vast range of surfaces, terrains and adventures – all at an affordable price point.

The Triptser line was developed originally as a trans-continental all-road racing bike – swift across all surfaces, with a beautifully balanced and comfortable all-day ride, while being tough enough to withstand the worst that adventure racing can throw at it, whatever the conditions. Add in multiple bottle cage mounting, rack and mudguard mounts, a flattened top to provide frame pack stability, and the dependability of a British Standard bottom bracket with Kinesis UK proven geometry and you have a recipe for adventure.

“Wonderfully thought-out frame design; great handling; big fun…the frame’s stiffness delivers an incredible responsive feel. Frankly, I’m pretty much smitten with its charms and hugely impressed with its performance.” Group Test Winner Cycling Plus

The Kinesis Tripster AT boasts cutting edge adventure bike features and versatility, allowing it to be built to excel across a variety of uses. Commute on it, ride bridleways and gravel with it, go bike-packing on it, ride across continents on it. The Tripster AT will take all of this in its stride and more.

With through axles front and rear, clearance for 700c x 45mm or 650B x 52mm (aka 27.5″ x 2″) tyres, cable routing for any kind of group set, and a frame has been tested to rigorous CEN mountain bike standards, the Tripster AT is up for anything.  New to the Tripster AT is the Columbus Futura Cross fork. Columbus have been making headway into the premium carbon fork market recently and the newly launched Futura Cross fork is the perfect partner to the Tripster AT frame. The Columbus Futura fork is fitted with a ‘flip-chip’ to allow adjustment of the rake of the fork between 47mm and 52mm. Where you place the chip will depend on how you like your Tripster to handle.  As a starting point we recommend that if you have a smaller frame and/or are loaded for bike packing, then you will benefit from a longer wheelbase, and so place the chip in the 52mm position.

During the development of the Tripster AT Kinesis also worked closely with the late Mike Hall in the design process and gained from Mike’s knowledge and love of long distance, multi-terrain riding.  The final production model features a number of enhancements thanks to Mike’s input and you can see this referenced on the frame graphics.

The Tripster AT takes the proven on/off road geometry of the titanium Tripster ATR and brings it to an alloy frame at a lower price point. Its features are bang up to date and it adds some useful design highlights that increase its versatility too, like the flattened off tube profiles designed to support bags. It’s comfortable to ride on road, although the 40mm tyres do add rolling resistance. But its real forte is the ability to head onto bridleways and trails. Here, you can tackle tricky terrain with confidence. There’s enough stability to negotiate more technical sections and enough air in the tyres to smooth out the bumps.” Cycling Weekly

“AT stands for All Terrain and that sums up the ambition and capability of the Tripster AT perfectly. I’ve ridden it everywhere and over everything in the few months I’ve had it, and apart from very rough mountain bike trails where any adventure bike would be out of its depth, there’s really not much that fazes it. You can bimble along the road quite happily and keep up with road riding friends at sociable speeds, yet turn off the road and explore trails and paths to your heart’s content.” Road.CC

Frame features:

  • Tough yet lightweight 7046 series Kinesium tubeset with tapered machined headtube.
  • 31.8mm seat tube for 27.2mm seat post (will add a bit of compliancy).
  • Inboard Shimano Flat-mount disc mounts on frame and frame and fork (maximum 160mm rotors).
  • Seat stay mounts for mudguards and pannier racks. Bridges on chain stay and seat stay for fender mounting, runs 40mm tyres with full mudguards for clean winter riding!
  • Beyond gravel capability with 700c x 45mm tyre clearance with supplied fork and up to 52mm clearance on the frame.
  • 3 x bottle boss mounts for extra carrying capacity or storing a tool keg.
  • Optimum hydration system – multi position down-tube bottle cage mounting to allow for full bottle carry capacity even with a frame bag.
  • GW Switch Lever Thru-axles included
  • Internal cable routing for mechanical and electronic gear systems.
  • BSA threaded BB for real world low maintenance riding.
  • 22mm long flat mount disc brake bolts required for the frame.
  • All new colour matched Columbus Futura carbon fork with 12mm thru axle.

COLOURS: Harris Green (metallic with a golden shimmer.) | Outrageous Orange (gloss neon)

FRAMESET INCLUDES: Kinesis Tripster Thru Axle Disc Fork (full carbon), headset, Seat clamp, cable port hardware.

Detailed by Mike Hall.

The late Mike Hall was more than just a team rider for Kinesis UK. They supported his bike adventures and journeys all over the globe. This collaboration helped them to improve the Kinesis adventure range with his insight and feedback.

Following Mike’s return from his final Transcontinental Race, he dropped into the Kinesis UK office and chanced upon a very early prototype of what would become Tripster AT. The plan for this frame was to add a value packed adventure bike to the Tripster range. The key to this was “All Year, All Terrain, All Fun.”

Mike got very excited when he saw the first sample and helped Kinesis make a few tweaks, such as the third bottle cage mount on the down tube to give increased bottle access even with a frame bag.  Another key point Mike made was a flattened edge on the top tube to stabilise a filled frame bag.

Kinesis introduced Mike to their designer Matt Gray and they had many detailed conversations. Mike put across his ideas and a few of his own drawings, such as camouflaging the bag straps so frame still look good with and without bags, and considering where bags may go in conjunction with the graphics – making sure they won’t be covered up.

Mike would have been excited to see the final products.  Kinesis had so much in the pipeline working with Mike, it’s a massive shame that his life was so tragically cut short.

The Kinesis Tripster AT comes to us as a frameset in a choice of Harris Green (metallic with a golden shimmer) or Outrageous Orange (gloss neon), which can then be built up into a complete bike in our workshop using components of your choice.  And with a huge variety of build options, wheel sizes, and tyre choices etc, the Tripster AT is such versatile bike that it might well be the one you ride the most of all – over all types of terrain.

Conclusion: It’s a frameset that offers a multitude of build options from a fast road commuter to a large-tyred bikepacking setup for bigger adventures. Add in the great value and it’s easy to see why the Kinesis walked off with the award this year.  Why it’s here:  An excellent and affordable do-it-all adventure, road and commuting bike with bags of versatility” RoadCC Adventure/Gravel Bike of the Year

Tripster AT

We are able to offer the Kinesis Tripster AT as either a bare frameset or in the following Epic standard specifications.
Due to severe global shortages of groupset components we are currently unable to offer any Shimano GRX 2x builds in the Tripster AT. However, we do have a number of factory builds from other brands, if you are looking for a GRX 2x build.

Kinesis Tripster AT 105 – £1,699

Featuring high performance cable disc brakes for reliability and ease of maintenance out in the wilds.

Specification – size 51cm available now, other sizes from September 2021

FRAMESET: Tripster AT frame with Tripster AT full carbon fork, 100/142×12 thru-axles
SHIFT/BRAKE LEVERS: Shimano 105 Silver, 22-speed, 2x
BRAKES: Avid BB5 cable disc for reliability and ease of maintenance in the wild, RT64 160mm rotors
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano 105 Silver GS
CRANKSET: Shimano 105 Silver 54/34T 11-speed
CASSETTE: Shimano 105 11-34T 11-speed
CHAIN: Shimano 105, 11-speed
HANDLEBAR: Genetic Flare
STEM: Deda Zero
SADDLE: WTB Silverado
WHEELS: Alex Rims GD26 Tubeless Compatible
TYRES: Panaracer Gravel King SK TLC 700x43c
PEDALS: Not Included

Kinesis Tripster AT Apex 1 – £1,999

Specification – size 51cm available now, other sizes from September 2021

FRAMESET: Tripster AT frame with Tripster AT full carbon fork, 100/142×12 thru-axles
BRAKES: SRAM Apex 1 HYD, 160mm Rotors
CRANKSET: SRAM Apex 1 XSYNC 40t 172.5mm
HANDLEBAR: Black Alloy 6061 44cm
STEM: Black Alloy 6061 90mm
SEATPOST: Black Alloy 6061 27.2mm, 350mm, 5mm offset
SADDLE: Selle Italia X3 Black
WHEELS: Alex Rims GD26 Tubeless Compatible
TYRES: Panaracer Gravel King Tubeless Compatible
PEDALS: Not Included

Kinesis Tripster AT GRX 600 1x – £2,199

Specification – size 51cm available now, other sizes from September 2021

FRAMESET: Tripster AT frame with Tripster AT full carbon fork, 100/142×12 thru-axles
SHIFT/BRAKE LEVERS: Shimano GRX RX600, 11-speed, 1x
FRONT BRAKE: Shimano RX400 Hydraulic Disc, RT64 160mm rotors
REAR BRAKE: Shimano RX400 Hydraulic Disc, RT64 160mm rotors
CRANKSET: Shimano GRX RX600 40T
CASSETTE: Shimano M7000 11-42T
HANDLEBAR: Genetic Drove gravel bars with 16° flare
STEM: Deda Zero
SADDLE: Fabric Scoop Sport
WHEELS: Mavic Allroad S gravel disc or HUNT X-Wide gravel disc
TYRES: Options (700c) include Panaracer Gravel King, WTB Nano, Maxxis Ravager, Continental Terra Trail etc, subject to availability
PEDALS: Not Included